Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2018 University-wide Graduate Student Orientation

The Carnegie Mellon University-wide Graduate Student Orientation will take place on August 13-16, 2018 and provide information about university-level services, programs and resources beyond your department.  For more information about the University-wide Student Orientation, please address questions to grad-ed@cmu.edu.

Monday, August 13, 2018 (DOCTORAL STUDENTS)

Doctoral Welcome Address
9:30am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor
The Doctoral experience is a unique life endeavor and we are thrilled you have chosen Carnegie Mellon to pursue that experience. 
Dr. Amy Burkert, Vice Provost for Education, will welcome more than 275 new Doctoral students to the university with a special perspective on the Doctoral environment of the university.
Doctoral Student Resources
9:45am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Anne Witchner, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Stephanie Laughton, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, Campus Affairs and Ph.D. candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Cole Gleason, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, Communications and Ph.D. candidate in Human Computer Interaction
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns
Doctoral Students & Standards for Academic Life
10:45am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor
  • Joanna Dickert, Interim Director of the Office of Community Standards and Integrity
  • Holly Hippensteel, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Interim Director of the Office of Title IX Initiatives
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
Doctoral Networking
11:45am
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor
RESCHEDULED to TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
All New Graduate Student Welcome! (Doctoral and Master's students)
11:00am
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom
The new graduate student orientation Welcome Address has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Lunch will be available immediately after the session.
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!  We are thrilled to have you join the university.  Join us as we herald in the new academic year and welcome over 2500 new graduate students. 
President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community will kick-off the university-wide graduate orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience.
Doctoral Students and Teaching at CMU
2:15pm
Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium A
  • Katie Walsh, Ph.D., Teaching Consultant, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation
Teaching, grading, recitation coordination, lab  instructor – these are just a few of the hats worn by Doctoral students at some point in their degree experience.  This session will help participants think about a teaching philosophy, focus on how to make the most of your teaching assistant (TA)/ research assistant (RA)/classroom assignment, the resources that exist at Carnegie Mellon to help Doctoral students, and ways to enhance and document your role as an educator.

Doctoral Students and Research at CMU
3:15pm
Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium A

The primary purpose of research at the university is the advancement of knowledge in all fields in which the university is active.  Research is regarded as one of the university’s major contributions to society and as an essential element in education, particularly at the graduate level and in faculty development.  This session will focus on the role of research in your academic program, the value of research to and for Carnegie Mellon and the rigor and expectations around research at the university.

Monday, August 13, 2018 (MASTER'S STUDENTS)

All New Graduate Student Welcome! (Doctoral and Master's students)
1:00pm
College of Fine Arts Lawn, Orientation Tent
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!  We are thrilled to have you join the university.  Join us as we herald in the new academic year and welcome over 2,500 new graduate students. 
President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community will kick-off the university-wide graduate orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience.
Standards and Expectations: Community, Communication and Relationships (Master's Students)
2:15pm
Cohon University Center,McConomy Auditorium (1st floor) and Rangos Ballroom (2nd floor)  

The session will be offered in both locations simultaneously.
  • Jamie Edwards, JD, Assistant Director of the Office of Title IX Initiatives
  • Stephanie Shea, Case Manager & Program Coordinator of Title IX Initiatives
Graduate Student Resources for Master's students
3:00pm
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium,  1st floor
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Anne Witchner, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Sarah Pesi, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, External Affairs and Master Student in Public Policy & Management
  • Pragna Mannam, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, Graduate Student Life and Master Student in Robotics
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.
Master's Students - Carnegie Mellon: A Look Back To Understand Our Values Today
3:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom, 2nd floor
  • Scott Levitt, Coordinator of Community Standards and Integrity & Housefellow
  • Hillary George, Coordinator of Community Standards and Integrity & Housefellow
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
Master's Students - Carnegie Mellon: A Look Back To Understand Our Values Today
4:00pm
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor
  • Scott Levitt, Coordinator of Community Standards and Integrity & Housefellow
  • Hillary George, Coordinator of Community Standards and Integrity & Housefellow
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
Graduate Student Resources for Master's students
4:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom,  2nd floor
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Anne Witchner, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Sarah Pesi, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, External Affairs and Master Student in Public Policy & Management
  • Pragna Mannam, Vice President of the Graduate Student Assembly, Graduate Student Life and Master Student in Robotics
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (ALL STUDENTS - Choose ONE Session Per Time To Attend)

1:00-1:50pm

Getting Started with Computing              
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd Floor
Computing Services offers technology tools and solutions to support all aspects of your education and research. Join our staff for this ”Get Started with Computing Services” panel to discuss:
  • Email
  • File storage and collaboration options
  • Wireless and off-campus connectivity
  • Technology and spaces
  • Computer security
  • Software availability

1:00-1:50pm

Resources for Maintaining Health, Wellness and Balance
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor             
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  Carnegie Mellon University is a rigorous academic environment and the university provides the tools needed for cutting edge research, knowledge acquisition and knowledge dissemination.  At the same time, CMU is a community that cares and we are better when we are interconnected through the CMU experience than when we operate in silos.  The university is striving to provide the resources graduate students need to maintain wellness and balance while being the top in their field.  Join us to learn from a panel of staff about current spaces and resources for maintaining Health, Wellness and Balance!

1:00-1:50pm

Master’s Student Panel
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor  
Returning Master’s students provide insight in to the day to day life of a graduate student, advice and tidbits from what they have learned in their Master’s degree experience thus far and responses to the questions you have as you head into your Master’s experience. 

2:00-2:50pm

University Libraries
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd Floor
Carnegie Mellon libraries can provide you with a multitude of resources to compliment your academic endeavors.  Interlibrary loan, research databases, and general reference information resources will be discussed.
This session will also be offered at 3:00pm

2:00-2:50pm

Responsible Conduct of Research
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor   
This session will cover issues related to research including human subjects research, collection & use of data, conflict of interest in research and research misconduct.  Please come prepared to participate.  We will be reviewing actual cases – some that may seem clear-cut and others with shades of gray that many researchers face.

2:00-2:50pm

Get Involved in the CMU Community!
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor 
Are you interested ballroom dance or online gaming? Want to do community service or volunteer in the Pittsburgh community? Interested in learning more about opportunities for governance through Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)? Are you looking for opportunities to build leadership and professional skills? Then this session is for you!   There are so many ways for graduate students to be involved in the Carnegie Mellon community! Join us as members of the CMU community share: ways to get involved in civic engagement, community service; volunteer opportunities; opportunities for learning new leadership and professional skills; how to find information about clubs and organizations at CMU (or how start one!); and so much more. (Partners and families are welcome to attend session)

3:00-3:50pm

University Libraries
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd floor
Carnegie Mellon libraries can provide you with a multitude of resources to compliment your academic endeavors.  Interlibrary loan, research databases, and general reference information resources will be discussed.

3:00-3:50pm

The HUB and Financial Life of Graduate Students
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor
The HUB?  What is it and why do I need to know about it?  Great questions!  The HUB is the comprehensive student services center providing students information in the areas of financial aid, student accounts, registration, and ID Card-related services. Come learn more about the people and resources found in The HUB and just how important their services are to your Carnegie Mellon experience.

3:00-3:50pm

Student Health Insurance
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor 
This session is intended to introduce you to the basics of the student health insurance coverage, how to use the student health insurance, where it is accepted, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
This session will also be offered at 4:00pm

4:00-4:50pm

Tenant's Rights
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd floor
  • Amy Carpenter, Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
This session will also be offered at 5:00pm

4:00-4:50pm

Living In Pittsburgh
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor
Come learn a wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, the information in this session will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.

4:00-4:50pm

Student Health Insurance
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor  
This session is intended to introduce you to the basics of the student health insurance coverage, how to use the student health insurance, where it is accepted, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

5:00-5:50pm

Tenant's Rights
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd floor
  • Amy Carpenter, Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
(Partners and families are welcome to attend session.)

5:00-5:50pm

Partner and Family Panel
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd floor
Join us as current graduate students share experiences of combining graduate studies with a partner and/or family and discuss resources on campus and in the community, along with family friendly events.

5:00-5:50pm

Living in Pittsburgh
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st floor
Come learn a wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, the information in this session will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.  (Partners and families are welcome to attend session)

6:00-8:00pm

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Cook-out for ALL Graduate Students
College of Fine Arts Lawn, Orientation Tent
All graduate students are invited to join GSA leadership and representatives for food (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, vegan dishes) and lawn games.  Partners and families are invited to attend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion Open House
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cohon University Center, Lower Level (across from the Bookstore)
Campus Tour
11:00am
Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons, 1st floor (near Info Desk)
Campus Tour
1:00pm
Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons, 1st floor (near Info Desk)
** RESOURCE FAIR **  (FOR ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS!)
3:00 - 5:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Carnegie Mellon offices, graduate student organizations, community partners and Pittsburgh resources will have representatives available to meet with new students.  Be sure to join us and learn how these resources can aid and enhance your academic and living experience.

Ice Cream Social with Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)
5:00 - 7:00pm
College of Fine Arts, Parking lot
Partners and families invited!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

CANCELED: Craig Street Crawl
Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community:
Due to unexpected circumstances that have arisen, which are beyond the university’s control, the Craig Street Crawl scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, has been canceled.
Some of the activities, snacks, live music and entertainment from the Crawl will be relocated to the Legacy Plaza and the East-West Walkway adjacent to the Cohon University Center. Please join us there tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 25, between 3 and 5 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) at slice@andrew.cmu.edu or 412.268.8704.

Sincerely,
Office of SLICE
Office of Orientation and Family Programs

CMU will be taking over Craig Street, closing a block to celebrate the coming academic year!  Join the block party and explore Carnegie Mellon’s nearest off-campus restaurants and shops!   There will be fun for everyone!  Listen to live music.  Taste food from the restaurants of Craig Street.  Interact with local sustainability initiatives.  Get an air brush tattoo.  Take a picture with Scotty Dog.  There will be dancing, balloon artists, free giveaways, and of course, food – all just a short walk away at the edge of campus.  This event is for the entire CMU community.  Graduate student families are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!  

International Student Orientation

ALL International Graduate Students
Required session for international students.  All F and J students/scholars are required to attend ONE mandatory Orientation and Immigration Check-In.  Visit the Office of International Education website for more information and to register visit: www.cmu.edu/oie.
All Sessions are 8:30am-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 14
  • Wednesday, August 15
  • Thursday, August 16
  • Friday, August 24
For more information and to register www.cmu.edu/oie